October 25th, 2005

ARVN Ranger

Military geekery

Fencing went well last night - Hell, I even beat Rob for the first time in God only knows how long and this is with my arm still a tad twingey. Suspect the having to fence differently hypothesis may be correct after all. Just got to try to work out and remember what it is I'm doing right now!

There was also a new arrival, Sarah, last night who may be a sabreur (got talking because she overheard Kate and I uncharacteristically setting aside our foil/epée rivalries by slagging off sabre instead...) but has, for possibly the first time in my life, made me wonder if I chose the right degree - She's doing war studies at King's College, London. Bloody Hell. So, much geeking out at the pub as most of us were role-players, wargamers and/or re-enactors, plus one other who's an ex-Territorial! Discussion was mostly on US post-WWII involvements - Vietnam, Somalia, Panama, etc Iraq - and drivers of US military doctrine although Kate did mutter something about things being much simpler for her preferred period ("Pike block goes here, pike block goes there."). Pretty scary bunch, for a bunch of fencers...

Think I asked the geekiest question by asking about reading lists - was it all modern or did it include the likes of Sun Tzu, Von Clausewitz et al. Kate pointed out "Take a look at the expression on her face - there's your answer!". Ah well, looks like the best translation of Von Clausewitz from a military perspective is apparently one of the least readable as it was done by someone with a poor command of German! Heh. Even seems like I may have some stuff in my Vietnam book collection which she hadn't come across but which might be handy for an upcoming essay. How's that for geeky?

Gah. I know I made the right choice degree-wise but, bloody Hell, this course did sound like fun... At least I have a new answer to that perennial "What would you do if you won the lottery?" question - it'll make a change from "I don't play - I did too much stats at school and unversity!" :-)

On another note, I'm starting to wonder about a certain Big 4 firm. Had a voicemail yesterday and a call today. This will make the third position at this firm I've had an approach about. Looks like they've got big expansion plans. This latest one is kind of weird, a little different from my usual area of interest - working with their tax people to identify projects elegible for R&D tax credits in the technology sector. As I said, it's a tad outside my usual area of operations but, apparently the director in charge was keen to get me in so I figure I'll go see them, assuming the job description doesn't throw up any horrors...